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'War has changed', CDC says, calling for new response to Delta variant

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(Reuters) -The war against COVID-19 has changed because of the highly contagious Delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said, proposing a clearer message, mandatory vaccines for health workers and a return to universal masking.

An internal CDC document said the variant, first detected in India and now dominant across the globe, is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu. It can be passed on even by vaccinated people, and may cause more serious disease than earlier coronavirus strains.

The document, entitled "Improving communications around vaccine breakthrough and vaccine effectiveness", said the variant required a new approach to help the public understand the danger - including making clear that unvaccinated people were more than 10 times more likely than those who are vaccinated to become seriously ill or die.

"Acknowledge the war has changed," it said. "Improve communications around individual risk among vaccinated."

Recommended preventative measures included making vaccines mandatory for health care professionals to protect the vulnerable and a return to universal wearing of face masks.

The CDC confirmed the authenticity of the document, which was first reported by the Washington Post.

While vaccinated people were less likely to become infected, once they contracted such "breakthrough infections" from Delta - unlike the case with earlier variants - they might now be just as likely as the unvaccinated to pass the disease on to others.

"High viral loads suggest an increased risk of transmission and raised concern that, unlike with other variants, vaccinated people infected with Delta can transmit the virus," CDC head Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

On Friday the CDC released data from a study of an outbreak in Massachusetts in which it said three quarters of those infected had been fully vaccinated. That study played a pivotal roll in a CDC decision this week to again recommend that vaccinated people wear masks in some situations, Walensky said.

'VIRUS HAS BECOME FITTER'

The CDC has said that as of July 26, 6,587 people have experienced breakthrough COVID-19 infections after being fully vaccinated and were hospitalized or have died. It stopped reporting on mild infections this spring but in the report, it estimated that there were about 35,000 symptomatic infections each week in the United States.

In parts of the world where large numbers of people have yet to be vaccinated, the Delta variant has led once again to surging death rates and hospitalisations.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said health systems in many countries were now being overwhelmed: "Hard-won gains are in jeopardy or being lost," he told a news conference.

The global health body's top emergency expert Mike Ryan told reporters that vaccines were nevertheless still effective at preventing serious illness and death: "We are fighting the same virus but a virus that has become fitter."

Even in rich countries that were among the first to roll out vaccination campaigns, cases have surged. While vaccines have so far kept death rates lower, large populations remain vulnerable, especially those who refuse vaccines, a particular problem in parts of the United States where voters supported former President Donald Trump. Trump is the only living president not to have participated in public service campaigns encouraging people to take the vaccine.

Nearly a third of U.S. adults have yet to get a first shot. Areas where vaccination rates are low have seen sharp rises in cases in recent weeks, and authorities fear hospitalisations and deaths are not far behind.

The top U.S. infectious diseases specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, told Reuters he expected that vaccines, which so far have received only emergency approval, could begin getting full regulatory approval in August, and that this could help persuade more people to get vaccinated.

In Britain, where the Delta variant caused a sharp surge in infections in recent months despite one of the world's fastest inoculation campaigns, a panel advising the government said protection from vaccines was likely to wane over time, meaning vaccination campaigns would probably last for years.

On Tuesday, the CDC, which had advised vaccinated Americans months ago that they no longer needed to wear masks, reversed course, saying even the fully vaccinated should wear face coverings in situations where the virus was likely to spread.

On Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden urged local governments to pay people to get vaccinated and set new rules requiring federal workers to provide proof of vaccination or face regular testing, mask mandates and travel restrictions.

"The main thing that does change (because of Delta) is that masks will still be used and that in countries where this requirement has been lifted, it will have to be re-introduced," said Carlo Federico Perno, head of microbiology and immunology diagnostics at Rome's Bambino Gesù Hospital.

ASIAN COUNTRIES TIGHTEN RESTRICTIONS

Countries in Asia, many of which avoided the worst outcomes that hit Western nations in 2020, have been particularly hard hit in recent weeks. Several announced new restrictions on Friday. From Monday, army personnel will help police Australia's biggest city Sydney, checking that people who have tested positive are isolating.

The Philippines announced a plan to put the Manila capital region, home to more than 13 million people, in lockdown for two weeks.

In Japan, where a surge in cases has overshadowed the Olympic Games, the government proposed states of emergency through the end of August in three prefectures near Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka.

"Infections are broadening. The situation is extremely severe," Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said, warning infections had not yet reached a peak.

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Alan Rice
Alan Rice Aug 01, 2021 3:17PM ET
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21st Century: Mankind thinks it can win a war against Nature. (ha,ha,..!!) but really-- not so funny.
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Aug 01, 2021 3:29AM ET
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just remember a "war on ..." anything is doomed to fail
Nagy Róbert
Nagy Róbert Jul 31, 2021 3:34PM ET
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You need mixed vaccination....in Hungary we used 5 of a kind and they working...the best vaccine which is in your body ....50-60% has benn vaccinated✌️
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 31, 2021 3:34PM ET
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So let me ask. If you want your body to adapt to things better, why wouldn't you inject it with a vaccine? It does exactly that.
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 31, 2021 2:51PM ET
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Sad to see how scared people are of a vaccine. I can imagine them in the plague era, a person showing up with a cure and all of them screaming “witch!”
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Jul 31, 2021 2:51PM ET
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Ever stopped to think that your the one accusing them of being witches? Being a closed minded person doesn't allow freedom of discussion or debate which is the essence of science. You just say vaccines only without any more debate then why not the earth being the centre of the universe or even flat? If we don't have disagreements we don't evolve or make new discoveries and end up blindly following and parroting out what we are told like good little robots...
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 31, 2021 2:51PM ET
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Dave Jones I promise you child (Yes, you're are clearly a child), the people creating the vaccine have considerably more experience and education than you
Darryl Allen
Darryl Allen Jul 31, 2021 2:14PM ET
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Totalitarian Democrats love using COVID to violate the human rights of the people. That's why it won't go away.
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 31, 2021 2:14PM ET
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Grow up
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 31, 2021 4:56AM ET
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I'm more and more convinced that some's quantum supercomputer coupled with AI is giving out nonsensical indications that the people must be kept under a police state, medical or otherwise. Insanity went through the roof at the start of 2020, with unprecedented ignoring scientific studies such as c19early.com.
Ronald Warren
Ronald Warren Jul 31, 2021 4:56AM ET
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Kelly, you're probably right. Judging by posts here, I'd say most people don't realize the role that AI is playing in our lives.
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 31, 2021 4:56AM ET
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Grow up
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 31, 2021 4:53AM ET
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"making clear that unvaccinated people were more than 10 times more likely than those who are vaccinated to become seriously ill or die". No. There simple doesn't exist both enough data and independent reviews of such data to come to those conclusions. This is flat out propaganda.
Mike Blade
Mike Blade Jul 31, 2021 4:53AM ET
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Everything is basically a whole *******show for a hidden agenda.
Bran Hollywood
Bran Hollywood Jul 30, 2021 11:37PM ET
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F ake n ews b ull 💩
leehiung chong
leehiung chong Jul 30, 2021 10:58PM ET
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virus is living and mutating all the time.. and we will need to adapt as we go along
Matt Goodwin
Matt Goodwin Jul 30, 2021 10:32PM ET
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Just FYI - the 3rd leading cause of death related to health right behind cancer and heart disease is MEDICAL ERRORS. Fact. And so many “tuff guy” sheep pretending to be cool because they got a shot that hasnt even been fully approved by the FDA. Amazing.
Sol Wein
Sol Wein Jul 30, 2021 10:30PM ET
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If i had to get rid of one thing, Covid or Democ-rats, it would be the latter
Sab Baby
SabSabBaby Jul 30, 2021 10:11PM ET
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CDC said 5914 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized or have died with Covid Infections.  So, Biden has been lying to us all along.  People can get vaccinated, have their organs damaged by side effects, still get Covid 19 Delta and die!
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 30, 2021 10:11PM ET
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So many triggered antivacs snowflakes terrified of a little shot or angry at wearing a mask to protect others.
Matt Goodwin
Matt Goodwin Jul 30, 2021 10:11PM ET
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Not anti vac. Just not a “do as your told” good little obedient boy like yourself. So funny you guys so scared of being sick for a couple weeks pretend to be tuff guys calling people snowflakes lol. You should wear a muzzle to protect yourself.
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 30, 2021 10:11PM ET
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Think more are afraid of what it will do to their jobs. If things shut down again it could be devastating. Everyone was moving past that but now they feel it could come back. I imagine if that happens, it will be all out chaos.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 30, 2021 9:38PM ET
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CDC needs to retire or be sent to the moonWhat a waste of money from my tax.Fanucci & CDC . Go away.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 30, 2021 9:38PM ET
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Triggered and ignorant
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 30, 2021 9:38PM ET
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Benjamin McIntire Go get any vaccines as you want, they pay you 100$ a piece. You can get 10 if you like
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Jul 30, 2021 9:34PM ET
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78 percent of the people who caught Covid 19 in Massachusetts were fully vaccinated. Do not roll up your sleeves for a experimental vaccine. people use your heads
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Jul 30, 2021 9:28PM ET
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Bow down you lowly citizens to your new president
Ferdinando Riboni
Ferdinando Riboni Jul 30, 2021 9:00PM ET
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I wish I could believe this but I dont..
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 30, 2021 8:55PM ET
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The damage CDC just did to themselves is reparable. The director has to resign. Sadly, this is a huge blunder.
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 30, 2021 8:05PM ET
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Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Looks like the White House sent out a memo to all their news organizations to go back into COVID hysterics and theatrics as if we are back in March of last year, and that we need to redo everything that did not work over the past year and a half. Nothing that they are saying makes any logical sense from a public health or legal perspective. Since COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent you from getting/spreading the virus, how do these mandates make sense to anybody? Why should there only be mandatory testing for unvaccinated people if vaccinated people are also spreading the virus? Even within the White House, there was a spreads of the virus from vaccinated people due to the Texas Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's office just in the past couple of weeks. (cont. below)
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 30, 2021 8:05PM ET
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Every other vaccine that is mandated, such as in public schools for children, is because it is the type of vaccine that prevents people from spreading the virus (i.e. once vaccinated, you do not spread the virus even if you are exposed to it). COVID-19 vaccines are not that type of vaccine, they are simply for symptomatic relief. Further, the COVID-19 vaccines are not FDA-approved and they have given vaccine manufactureres legal immunity. I can see why many people are already contacting lawyers regarding these mandates, doubt they are legal. There is no precedence of this for this type of vaccine. There are a massive number of adverse events and deaths already reported in the vaccine adverse event reporting system related to COVID-19 vaccines, more than every other vaccine in the system combined.
Bobster Bambino
Bobster Bambino Jul 30, 2021 8:05PM ET
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Catherine Varns lol surprising you can script up such a convincing case for somebody so clueless. People like you spreading misinformation are responsible for plenty of deaths. You do jot mention any studies or statistics regarding your massive adverse reactions claim. As a healthcare professional i find you pathetic. Its all fun and gsmes until your about to get intubated in the ICU
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 30, 2021 8:05PM ET
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grow up. you even from america?
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 30, 2021 8:04PM ET
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Epidemioligists are saying COVID restrictions may be in place for the next 15 years. Its time to start rioting.
raymond djon
raymond djon Jul 30, 2021 7:37PM ET
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This fake "war" you are trying to fabricate has not changed, just your narrative has completely fallen apart as more and more of your lies are exposed.
Al Gore
Al Gore Jul 30, 2021 7:29PM ET
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funny how the people getting this are the vaccinated ones
kangroo kiloo
kangroo kiloo Jul 30, 2021 5:30PM ET
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meanwhile mrna makes money out your misery
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Jul 30, 2021 4:46PM ET
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those who don't want to get vaccinated, please don't waste our medical resources when you and your family die
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Jul 30, 2021 3:56PM ET
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Vaccine is not working, most people who get this are vaccinated!
 
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